In a quaint countryside cottage, nestled between dense woods and rolling meadows, lived a young woman named Emily. She had recently moved to the area seeking solitude and inspiration for her writing. Little did she know that the cottage held a dark secret.

As nights grew longer and colder, Emily noticed peculiar occurrences. Whispers echoed through the halls, chilling drafts blew through closed windows, and objects inexplicably moved on their own. Unease settled upon her, but curiosity gnawed at her soul.

One stormy evening, as thunder roared and rain lashed against the windows, Emily awoke to the sound of soft footsteps echoing down the hallway. She ventured into the darkness, clutching a flickering candle, her heart pounding in her chest.

In the corner of her eye, she caught a glimpse of a shadowy figure disappearing around a corner. Heart racing, she followed, her candle casting eerie shadows on the walls. The figure led her to a hidden door, concealed behind an ancient tapestry.

With trembling hands, Emily pushed open the door, revealing a secret staircase descending into the depths of the cottage. Fear mingled with curiosity as she descended, her candle barely illuminating the path ahead.

At the bottom, she found herself in a dimly lit chamber, filled with dusty books and forgotten artifacts. But the most chilling sight was a portrait hanging on the wall—a hauntingly familiar face staring back at her. It was her own face, distorted and twisted with malevolence.

Terror gripped Emily’s soul as she realized the truth. The cottage held a dark entity, feeding off her fears and transforming into her worst nightmares. Desperate to escape, she climbed the stairs, only to find herself trapped in a labyrinth of endless corridors.

With each turn, the cottage shifted and morphed, becoming an ever-changing maze of horrors. Whispers grew louder, accompanied by sinister laughter. Emily’s courage wavered, but she refused to succumb to the malevolent forces.

Summoning every ounce of strength, Emily broke free from the labyrinth’s grasp. Bursting through the cottage’s front door, she was greeted by the first rays of dawn, banishing the darkness that had plagued her.

Breathing heavily, Emily realized she had escaped the clutches of the haunted cottage. As she looked back one last time, the cottage stood innocently in the morning light, as if oblivious to the horrors it had inflicted.

Emily left the cottage forever, vowing never to return. Her terrifying encounter became a whispered tale, warning others to stay away from the seemingly tranquil cottage that hid a malevolent spirit, waiting to ensnare those who dared to enter. 


  1. Bhavna Bharani

    ‘Echoes of Darkness’ is an engrossing and a spine chilling story that will leave the readers on the edge of their seats. From the very beginning the author weaves an atmosphere of suspence. This is the author’s mastery of building tension , as the story heads forward, the readers are inquisitive to guess the next plot.